SIAMESE-CHINESE FAMILY. 'ITxe Siamese-Chinese family of Indo-Chinese languages includes Tai, Karen, and €Hnese. Of these, Tai is the only one which falls within the limits of the present Survey. is spoken in. Burma, and Chinese is not a vernacular of British India. is a group of languages, including Siamese and Lao of Siam, Lii and Khun of the trans-Salwin Shan States, Shan of Burma and Tun-nan, and Ahom, Khamti, and other dialects of Assam. As the languages of Burma do not form a part of our present inquiries, the Assam Tai languages are the only ones which will he considered in detail in the following pages.